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Madeleine Teahan

Madeleine Teahan is Associate Editor at the Catholic Herald and chairs the Catholic Herald Podcast Debates. Her special interests include euthanasia and assisted suicide. She is on Twitter as @MadeleineTeahan

‘When a child dies that’s really, really rough’

Fr Michael Shea with the first five children he cared for. The eldest is now training to be a lawyer, another is at college and the younger three are at school

Madeleine Teahan talks to Fr Michael Shea, a straight-talking American priest caring for the children of Aids sufferers in Thailand

Bishops to distribute cards to Catholics declaring their faith

One side of the card

Catholics across England and Wales are being encouraged to carry a ‘faith card’

Top barrister: students’ crackdown on abortion debate is Stalinist and illegal

University College London (Photo: PA)

Neil Addison accuses student union at University College London of ‘totalitarian intolerance’

Student union restricts talks on abortion

University College London, founded in 1826 (Tim Ireland/PA Wire)

Union at University College London compels pro-life groups to invite pro-abortion speakers to their discussions

Down’s Syndrome boy denied Communion, says mother

Catholic woman accuses Church of discrimination over disabled child

Priest describes moment cruise ship ran aground

Luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia hit a rocky outcrop off the Italian island of Giglio (Photo: PA)

Chaplain Fr Mallena, 70, prayed in the chapel and then rushed to save the Holy Eucharist and crew members’ valuables

Bishop asks for hour of Confession every week in Lent

Bishop Campbell, right (Photo: catholicrelics.co.uk)

Bishop of Lancaster says every church in the diocese will be open for Confession on Wednesday evenings

Lord Falconer’s safeguards will not make assisted suicide any safer

Lord Falconer: his commission concludes that 'the most important safeguard in any assisted dying regime would lie in the relationship between the patient and their doctors' (PA photo)

His commission ignores the evidence from Oregon and puts all its faith in the idea of a long-standing family doctor

Bishops welcome Government assurance on civil unions

Baroness O'Cathain tabled a motion to overturn civil partnerships regulations during a debate in the Lords last week (Photo: PA)

Government Minister says that no churches or other religious premises will be forced to host civil partnership ceremonies

Visionary who reported eight apparitions of Mary dies aged 90

The shrine at Banneux, Belgium

Mariette Beco had the visions in 1933 in the small town of Banneux in Belgium